In this lesson, students will submit their essays and Independent Reading Journals and present their ideas to the class. They will also write about what they have learned.
- Read the lesson and student content.
- Anticipate student difficulties and identify the differentiation options you will choose for working with your students.
- Make sure students submit their essays and Independent Reading Journals.
Task 1: Presentation Preparation
- Give students a few minutes to review their notes before you begin the presentations.
- Remind the class of the time limit for each presentation.
- Take a moment to organize your notes and prepare to give your presentation to the class.
- Remember, the main purpose of the paper is to compare and contrast how each author reflected the America of the time in each of the short stories. Be sure you address this idea in your presentation.
Task 2: Essay Presentations
- Allow students the entire period to share their presentations.
- Leave time at the end of class for closure.
- ELL: Consider making class notes to share with students or allowing time for note taking after each presentation so that students can give their full attention to their classmates.
Share your essay presentation.
- As you listen to your classmates, make notes on any new ideas that occur to you. Even at the end of a unit, your thinking will continue to develop.
Task 3: Unit Reflection
- Tell students to submit this writing to you when they are finished.
- Let students know how they should submit their essays and Independent Reading Journals to you. They can access their Independent Reading Journal in Lesson 27, Task 5.
- SWD: Students who get extra time to complete assignments should check in with you about their progress, and together you should plan for a final due date. Include time for a draft review, so they can incorporate final feedback in a timely way.
Take time to respond in writing to the following questions.
- What paper presentation did you find most interesting? Why?
- What have you learned during this unit about the American short story?
- What did you learn from working in groups?
- What did you learn from making and viewing presentations and papers?
Finally, answer the Guiding Questions using what you've learned during the unit to inform your answers.
- If you were to write a short story about this decade, what issues might you focus on?
- What defines a short story? Just length?
- To what extent do these stories reflect the era or decade in which they were written?
- To what extent are the themes they address universal?
When you finish responding to these questions, submit your writing to your teacher.